Nisbet on early life

Date: Thu Mar 08 2001 - 21:24:54 EST

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    When was the last time you read a scientific article in Nature that made
    reference to Cardinal Newman, John Milton, and C.S. Lewis? In a review
    article (The habitat and nature of early life: Nature, 22 Feb., 2001, v. 409,
    p. 1083-1091) Christian geologist Euan Nisbet and his co-author provide a
    nice summary of current ideas on the topic with a number of allusions to
    decidedly Christian sources. Don't get me wrong, this is not some attempt at
    natural theology; it's strictly science. However the erudite allusions (such
    as "a Perelandrian origin of life") will be appreciated by "those with ears
    to hear".

    The next-to-last paragraph is also of interest:
       "The debate about life's origins has deep resonance in our society. Those
    who work in this field frequently find their search challenged in assaults on
    empirical natural science. Judaeo-Christian thought must accept convincing
    evidence from nature; denial is both destructive of faith and dangerous to
    science. To find the fragments of fact, and to attempt to understand them,
    is a powerful response to the Creationist heresy. Not only fact and honest
    interpretation, but also orthodox theological argument reject Creationism:
    much Jewish and Christian thinking agrees with the anonymous writer of the
    epistle to the Hebrews, Peter and Augustine in the view that the Biblical Day
    is a wider concept than the 24-hour rotation of the Earth. The Seventh Day
    is lasting. The author of Job and Parl both challenge us to search nature,
    although we may not find the answer."

    Not your everyday fare in Nature.

    Karl V. Evans

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